Approaching a decision

Three-star OT Nolan Kelleher, will enter the weekend as one of the top uncommitted prospects in the state.

OT Nolan Kelleher Profile

It appears that the Wando High School [Mount Pleasant] rising senior will exit the weekend committed to one of eight schools.

Earlier this summer, Kelleher told PackPride.com that four schools from the SEC and four others from the ACC are on his final eight -- Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, N.C. State, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.

CUTigers recently caught up with Wando high school coach Jimmy Noonan earlier this week.

"He said he wants to narrow it down. He has asked for a couple of coaches to come over to his house this weekend," Noonan said. "We'll see."

Kelleher will graduate from Wando in December, so some sort of a decision has to be made by then. But it appears that he's ready to make a commitment much sooner than that.

"My comments to the young man, I said, ‘Hey, you need to make sure you can answer all the questions about whatever institution you're going to. If you're ready to end the process, when we commit, we commit.' Our kids aren't going to put on hats and put on a show," Noonan said.

According to the head coach, his 6-foot-5, 295-pound offensive tackle understands.

Noonan added, "[Kelleher] says, ‘No, coach, I understand that. I don't want to. I'm very appreciative of all the folks that have expressed interest in me. I just want to make a decision before the season gets going.'"

Clemson offered in June.

"I know he likes Clemson, he likes coach [Robbie] Caldwell. Tony Elliott is an excellent recruiter. I think they've done a thorough job," Noonan said.

South Carolina tendered an offer several days before Clemson. By the time both instate programs stepped forward, schools like Georgia and Florida State had already stepped in with offers.

"Nolan's been recruited heavily by South Carolina and Clemson. They were both late offers for him…I don't think that's a reflection on the way he's been recruited," Noonan said.

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